USA Gymnastics chief apologizes in Congress for sex abuse scandal

GOP lawmaker calls on US Olympic Committee chief to resign

USA Gymnastics chief apologizes in Congress for sex abuse scandal

In addition to the AAF funding, the USOC has doubled its funding to the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

Officials pointed to these steps but acknowledged they are not enough. The lawmakers did not seem convinced that the reforms will go beyond what Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) called "window dressing".

But Dingell didn't really like what she heard - "I don't hear a sense of urgency", she said - and she was not alone.

The hearing of the House subcommittee was filled with both substance and spectacle - the latter coming mostly courtesy of a five-minute burst from Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., who told the USOC's acting CEO, Susanne Lyons, "you should resign your position now", and tore into USA Gymnastics CEO Kerry Perry and the rest of the panel for not uttering the exact words: "I'm sorry".

"Why should I take confidence from what you're saying today when you look at this timeline?"

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Pfohl attributes the uptick to the #MeToo movement addressing sexual assault and the additional attention focused on the issue during Nassar's sentencing hearings in January.

Representatives pressed Lyons about the USOC's ability to fund the Center, noting that USOC revenue is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

More than half of the Center's current budget is coming from the USOC, which contributed $2.7 million last year and will contribute $3.1 million over each of the next two years (2018 and 2019).

"I feel like they haven't lifted a finger, I feel like they just want to move on", Duval told ThinkProgress by phone from Dallas, where she was following updates from the hearing. A planned Senate Subcommittee hearing on May 22 was cancelled after multiple witnesses declined to testify, including former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny, according to a report from the AP. Pfohl was also questioned, and noted that the intent of those lines were to allow organizations to suspend members for conduct that could hurt the image of the organization, rather than to caution against handing out penalties that would hurt the image of a federation. She added that under new policies, officials are required to report sexual abuse claims to law enforcement officials. Numerous abuse scandals have exposed insufficient communication and inconsistent policies across these sports organizations, with claims falling through the cracks.

Much of what we're hearing today sounds good, but I'm anxious that we do not have a way to know whether things will actually get better.

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Pfohl said SafeSport doesn't have the money it needs to investigate all reports as quickly as it should.

"Much of what we're hearing today sounds good, but I'm anxious that we do not have a way to know whether things will actually get better", Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) said.

At the moment, she said, the staff of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the national governing boards put themselves before the athletes who represent the best America has to offer.

Pfohl repeatedly promised that "athletes' safety comes first". "We will do better", said Lyons, who took the post in February when her predecessor stepped down amid the sex abuse scandal, citing health problems.

The House subcommittee's probe began in the aftermath of the Larry Nassar sentencing.

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